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jerwin
Posted 2016-10-07 1:35 PM (#91600)
Subject: inexpensive large format scanners?


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I'm curious as to whether there exist inexpensive flatbed scanners that can image at least a 11x17 area. I'm currently trying to pattern a boned garment on my dress form by printing out a candidate pattern piece using a 11x17 inch printer--(a great help when patternmaking), comparing it to the garment, drawing in the corrections, and then scanning in the pattern piece once more.

My printer prints out US-B/ledger paper, but my scanner isn't so large. I'm on a budget, though.

Or would I be better off using a camera and a copystand?

Edited by jerwin 2016-10-07 1:37 PM
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SueC56
Posted 2016-10-08 11:25 AM (#91602 - in reply to #91600)
Subject: Re: inexpensive large format scanners?



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HP has wide format scanner/printers (e.g. HP Officejet 7612) for about $200, but you may not want another printer and I don't know what your budget is. :-)

It can scan 11x17

Sue

Edited by SueC56 2016-10-08 11:26 AM
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jerwin
Posted 2016-10-08 8:38 PM (#91603 - in reply to #91600)
Subject: Re: inexpensive large format scanners?


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Thanks, I' really rather not have yet another printer, but unfortunately such things might be the cheapest option. The All-in-ones I've seen before all had tiny scanners, despite supporting larger paper sizes.
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dotmoll
Posted 2016-10-14 9:53 PM (#91616 - in reply to #91600)
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I'm not sure what the Fujitsu Scansnap sv600 sells for in the US, but after some debate with myself, I bought one for scanning sheet music and comics, which both tend to be larger than A4 size. I have a Fujitsu Scansnap ix500 sheet scanner too, AND Canoscan LiDe A4 flatbed, so it is saying something that I'm very happy with the sv600.

Being contactless, it takes up very little room itself, although you need to be careful to move it by the base or stem, and not the head. I paid out for a heavy acrylic pressing sheet to keep books as flat as possible, but that may not be necessary, depending on the items you scan, since the software allows you to adjust "warps". It's very intuitive, the original scan comes up with a red outline suggesting what it thinks should be the edges, and asks if you want to true them. You can make finer adjustments too, and I have long used IrfanView's paint tool plug-in for editing scans too.

I'm very pleased with it - son wanted to digitize his huge collection of sheet music before going overseas, and I wanted to be able to show people the odd page of a comic. In both cases, legibility is a big issue, and the scan quality was very good.

I have not seen similar products from other manufacturers, but there are overhead document or book cameras or scanners that might work for you. However, I am not sure how accurate they would be.
http://scanners.fcpa.fujitsu.com/scansnap11/features_sv600.html
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Lisa - Tech Support
Posted 2016-10-15 7:47 AM (#91618 - in reply to #91616)
Subject: Re: inexpensive large format scanners?



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If you really do not want to buy another piece of equipment, you really should consider tracing digital photographs. I have an article on this on my blog at the link below.  You have to trace the images resulting from the scan or the photograph so there is no advantage to the scanner in this case.

http://blog.wildginger.com/index.php/tracing-digital-pattern-photographs/

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jerwin
Posted 2016-10-17 12:43 AM (#91625 - in reply to #91600)
Subject: Re: inexpensive large format scanners?


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given that the sv600 is $800, and yet it seems very similar to my "copy stand"--basically an old enlarger with a mount for my camera where the enlarger would go, I think my time and money might be better spent improving my photographic technique and my choice of lighting. Thanks.
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magenta
Posted 2016-11-03 8:44 PM (#91674 - in reply to #91618)
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Hi Lisa. That was a really interesting video. Can pattern editor in Pattern Master do the same. I can't check right now. My lap-top is playing up and when i took it in to be 'fixed' the technicians took the programs off. The laptop still keeps freezing, giving BSOD etc so I'm saving up for a new one before i use the programs again. Don't want to risk suddenly losing all the design work I have done!

Thanks

Sarah
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Lisa - Tech Support
Posted 2016-11-04 7:57 AM (#91675 - in reply to #91674)
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Yes, you can trace photos in the PatternMaster Pattern Editor.
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